The Bay Area is known for its spectacular natural beauty. The landscape features towering redwoods, sparkling shores, and rolling vineyards, just to name a few. Ultimately, if you’re thinking of having your wedding in the San Francisco area, you’ll definitely want to take advantage of its great outdoors. From San Jose to Napa Valley, we’ve gathered six of the best rustic wedding venues in the Bay Area.
Historic, cozy, and romantic, the Pelican Inn wrote the book on the rustic wedding getaway. Named for the historic ship “The Pelican,” this gorgeous Tudor-style cottage features seven cozy bedrooms graced with English antiques that will send you back in time. And tucked away in a hidden cove on Muir Beach, you’d never know it’s only 20 minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge.
Typical cost: $5,500 – $14,000
Bonus: The cost of a room includes a succulent full English breakfast that you’ll be thankful for the morning after.
Looking for a rustic wedding venue that’s convenient to downtown San Francisco? Then look no further. Located along the western shore of the Presidio, the Presidio Log Cabin is a popular San Francisco wedding site for good reason. First, exchange your vows out on the lawn overlooking panoramic views of the city. Afterwards, head inside (away from that characteristic summer evening chill), and dance the night away in the fully-equipped log cabin.
Capacity: 150 for a banquet-style dinner, 200 standing
Typical cost: $4,600 – $5,500
Bonus: Planning a destination wedding, or just don’t have time for a visit? Check out this 360° virtual tour.
The natural majesty of the Bay Area knows no bounds; obviously, Bear Flag Farm is no exception. Set against an array of lavender fields, it’s no wonder Bear Flag Farm is frequently named one of the most beautiful wedding venues in the U.S. Their luxury services include on-site design and planning staff that will help you create your own fairy tale wedding. In fact, their motto is “if you can dream it, we can do it.” But get your inquiries in early, this magical venue only opens up to about a dozen weddings a year.
Capacity: Outdoor venue accommodates most wedding sizes.
Typical cost: Venue-only pricing starts at $16,000, estate and dining packages start at $53,000, and fully planned signature events start at $69,000.
For all the flora fanatics out there, UC Berkeley’s Botanical Gardens will surely fit your fancy. Just east of downtown Berkeley, you can choose from two beautiful ceremony locations: the Garden of Old Roses (pictured above) and the Redwood Grove and Amphitheater. There are also two reception locations to choose from, both of which take advantage of the gardens’ natural beauty.
Capacity: 103 for a reception at the Conference Center. 82 for a reception at Jordan Morgan Hall.
Typical cost: $7,100 rental fee for ceremony at either Garden of Old Roses or Redwood Grove and reception at Julia Morgan Hall. $7,800 fee for a reception at the Conference Center.
Bonus: Proceeds from your rental fee help support education and conservation programs.
Located an hour south of San Francisco, the Mountain Terrace is a gorgeous wedding venue complete with indoor and outdoor site options and an experienced and talented events crew. Host your reception out on the Redwood Deck, or indoors in the country-style lodge. Either way, you’ll be treated to all the wonders of the Bay Area: towering redwoods, pleasant grassy meadows, and distant views of the hills.
Capacity: 130 for the inside dining room, 300 for outdoor lawn
Typical cost: $30,000
Bonus: Reviewers rave about the in-house catering.
Last but not least on our list is the Lyford House — a 1876 Victorian home seated on the waterfront just ten miles from San Francisco. Since it’s situated within an Audubon Sanctuary, the site prohibits amplified music during your reception. Instead, you and your guests can swing to the natural soundtrack of the area’s protected bird population. And, of course, drink in the sweeping views of the Richardson Bay and the San Francisco skyline.
Typical cost: $5,000 for space rental
Bonus: 100% of your fee goes toward the conservation and education programs of the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary.
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